Co-founder of German start-up Jimdo visits Oz – here are his five top tips

10:00AM | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian start-ups should look beyond the United States and make careful considerations before accepting funding offers, says the co-founder of successful German start-up Jimdo.

Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Going local for your start-up funding

10:45PM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Alexandra Cain

A small but growing number of local councils now offer grants to early stage ventures. Here are some key tips to help your business secure local government funding. BY ALEXANDRA CAIN.

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Look for a “natural invitation” to promote Halloween, retailers told

10:37PM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Retailers should only promote Halloween if there is a natural invitation from their customers, an expert says, after a retail body revealed figures highlighting the rise of Halloween in Australia.

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Govt highlights role of innovation in Asian Century white paper

10:32PM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Business groups have praised the Federal Government for the goals outlined in the Australia in the Asian Century white paper, including a vision to transform Australia’s innovation system.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Toll to challenge Australia Post in parcel deliveries

10:09PM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Cara Waters

Transport and logistics firm Toll is squaring up for a fight with Australia Post to take a greater share of the parcel delivery business.

 | Business planning  | Marketing  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Sales and marketing  | Sole trader

Body-lengthening gym class reaches new heights

10:05PM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A six-week gym class in the UK promises to add at least two centimetres to your height or it will refund the cost of the class. It’s a concept that’s sure to find a growing market.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Advance to offer five-day US stint in 2013 start-up program

10:00AM | Monday, 29 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Advance, the government-funded network for Australian expatriates, is encouraging start-ups to apply for its 2013 program, which includes a visit to Silicon Valley and the Innovation Summit.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Financing a business  | Venture Capital

Crowdsourcing venture DesignCrowd makes first foray into Asia

10:25PM | Friday, 26 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australian crowdsourcing marketplace DesignCrowd has made its first foray into Asia, after launching its service in Singapore, India and the Philippines as part of a global expansion plan.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | How I did it

Organic retailers tipped to shine as industry value hits $1.27 billion

10:06PM | Friday, 26 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

More than one in 20 Australians purchase organic products on a regular basis, according to a new report, which predicts the $1.27 billion industry is set for 15% annual growth.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy

Yahoo! acquires celebrity-backed app start-up Stamped

10:02PM | Friday, 26 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Yahoo! has made its first acquisition under the direction of chief executive Marissa Mayer, snapping up celebrity-backed mobile recommendations app Stamped for an undisclosed sum.

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Dreams “displayed” on computers

11:01PM | Wednesday, 9 November 2011 | Michelle Hammond

Scientists predict we could soon use computers to “see” what we have dreamed about, and perhaps even record dreams to watch the next day.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

Four Tech23 start-up winners share in $100,000

10:00AM | Friday, 26 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Ninja Blocks and ScriptRock are among this year’s winners of technology innovation event Tech23, which saw four start-ups share in $100,000.

 | Business planning  | Growth  | How I did it

Get away from the “bubble” of your industry

10:14PM | Thursday, 25 October 2012 | Taskmaster

When you’re in “the bubble” of an industry, it can be surprisingly easy to lose your focus on the big picture. However, there are important reasons to look for sources of outside inspiration.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy  | Leadership  | Managing people

Vending franchises won’t help you get rich quick, entrepreneurs warned

10:49PM | Thursday, 25 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Aspiring entrepreneurs have been warned about the deceptive ease of running a vending machine franchise, after a major vending company announced its plan to offer vendor financing and a DIY package.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Franchising  | Becoming a franchisee

Consumer spending up 3.9% but another rate cut looks unlikely

10:30PM | Thursday, 25 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Economy-wide spending rose by 3.9% in September, according to the Commonwealth Bank Business Sales Indicator, but a spike in inflation has reduced the likelihood of another rate cut.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Financing a business  | Cashflow

iPad mini lends itself to location-based apps: Expert

10:25PM | Thursday, 25 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

App developers should be able to quickly get to grips with the newly released iPad mini, and will also be presented with several opportunities, including the creation of location-based apps, according to an industry expert.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Technology  | Sole trader

Australia second easiest place in world to start-up – but it’s downhill from there

10:00AM | Thursday, 25 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Australia is the second easiest place in the world to start a business, according to a new report by the World Bank, but drops back to 10th place when it comes to the ease of doing business.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Sole trader

X-ray glasses provide entrepreneurial vision

10:55PM | Friday, 7 October 2011 | Michelle Hammond

A pair of “social X-ray” glasses can tell you what another person is feeling and when you should stop talking, a US researcher has claimed.

 | Planning  | Business ideas

What would happen if you didn’t turn up to work?

10:15PM | Wednesday, 24 October 2012 | Greg Hayes

What would happen to your start-up if you were unable to work for a couple of months? By following these five simple steps, you can make sure your business will continue without you. BY GREG HAYES.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Legal matters  | Leadership  | Workspace  | How to hire staff  | Blogs  | Greg Hayes

Universities’ business models need radical overhaul: Report

10:01PM | Wednesday, 24 October 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Traditional business models within universities will be obsolete by 2025, according to a new Ernst & Young report, which highlights opportunities for the private sector as changes occur.

 | Planning  | Business planning  | Growth  | Growth Strategy